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Fishing is a mechanic in Rune Factory 4 that allows you to catch fish to sell, cook, or give as gifts. You have to unlock the mechanic through a request that requires you to catch a fish and give it to Vishnal; simply catching the fish, shipping it, or giving it to the wrong person will not clear the request.

You receive your first fishing rod as part of this request. To catch better fish, you will need better rods. To get the recipes for these rods you will need to buy and eat Farming Recipe Bread from Porcoline's restaurant. You won't be able to learn the recipes without a high enough skill, however, and to make rods you will need a forge from Bado.

Fishing is a relatively simple affair where you equip your rod and use the B button to cast your line into the water. Fish-shaped shadows will tap repeatedly at your lure; at about the third tap, a fish will get "caught", creating a visual and sound effect of splashing water. At that point, you need to press B again quickly to reel the fish in. If you press B too early or too late, you'll lose the fish and need to recast your line.

All fish and other fishable items (such as boots) appear as moving, fish-shaped shadows. The rarest fish and items appear lighter than normal. This effect can be obscured by certain in-game weather and lighting effects; lower brightness settings can also make it more difficult to see. Many relatively rare fish, such as the Taimen and Yellowtail, have large shadows; however, some of the more desirable rare items appear smaller, such as the Rare Can and Legendary Scale.

What you can catch appears to be affected by the following factors:

  • where you are fishing
  • what season it is (if you are fishing in Selphia)
  • your fishing skill, and
  • your fishing rod

An NPC in the game advises you that you can reinforce your fishing rod with fish to make it easier to catch those fish. An exact explanation of how this mechanic works is not given directly, but it hints that you should add fish into the recipe as you craft a new fishing rod.

Fishing Rods

Rod Charge Level Chance of Catching
Empty Can Boots Rare Can
RF4Cheap Pole.png Cheap Pole 0 4.74 8.62 0.43
RF4Beginner's Pole.png Beginner's Pole 1 4.78 7.39 0.87
RF4Skilled Pole.png Skilled Pole 2 3.13 6.25 1.34
RF4Famous Pole.png Famous Pole 3 3.67 2.75 1.83
RF4Sacred Pole.png Sacred Pole 4 0.49 0.49 1.94

Depending on what rod is used, different charge levels can be reached.

Fish Size

Fishing Locations

Selphia Summer Area Fall-Winter Area
Selphia.png

A/B/C/D
SummerArea.png

All B
RF4Fishing Fall Area.png
B/C/D
Spring Area Yokmir Forest Water Ruins
RF4FishingSpring Area.png RF4FishingYokmir Forest.png RF4Water Ruins.png
All H
Idra Cave Idra Cave Idra Cave
Idra1RF4.png
All I
Idra2RF4.png
All J
Idra3RF4.png
All K
Maya Road Sechs Empire
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All L
SechsTerritory2.png

All M

Fish by Name

  • ◎:Appears very often
  • 〇:Appears relatively often
  • △:Less likely to appear
  • ▲:Appears rarely
  • ✕:Doesn't appear
  • [↑]:Appearance rate increases in bad weather
  • [↓]:Appearance rate decreases in bad weather
Fish Size (cm) A B C D E F G H I J K L M
RF4Masu Trout.png Masu Trout 35 - 50 ◎ [↓]
RF4Squid.png Squid 30 - 50 〇[↓]
RF4Sardine.png Sardine 10 - 30 △[↑] △[↑] △[↑] 〇[↑]
RF4Char.png Char 25 - 60 △[↑] △[↑]
RF4Chub.png Chub 30 - 50 △[↑] △[↑] △[↑] △[↑]
RF4Shrimp.png Shrimp 15 - 30 △[↑] x
RF4Turbot.png Turbot 20 - 50 △[↑] △[↑] △[↑]
RF4Gibelio.png Gibelio 15 - 30 △[↑] ▲[↑] △[↑] △[↑]
RF4Salmon.png Salmon 60 - 100 △[↑]
RF4Mackerel.png Mackerel 30 - 50 △[↑] △[↑] 〇[↑] 〇[↑]
RF4Needlefish.png Needlefish 30 - 40 △[↑] 〇[↑]
RF4Pike.png Pike 25 - 40 ◎ [↓] ◎ [↓]
RF4Sand Flounder.png Sand Flounder 30 - 100
RF4Crucian Carp.png Crucian Carp 30 - 60 △[↑] 〇[↓] ▲[↑]
RF4Girella.png Girella 30 - 50 △[↑] 〇[↓] 〇[↓] 〇[↑]
RF4Cherry Salmon.png Cherry Salmon 30 - 40 〇[↓] 〇[↓]
RF4Pond Smelt.png Pond Smelt 10 - 15 ◎ [↓]
RF4Skipjack.png Skipjack 40 - 100 △[↑] ▲[↑] △[↑]
RF4Rainbow Trout.png Rainbow Trout 70 - 90 △[↑] △[↑]
RF4Flounder.png Flounder 30 - 90 ▲[↑] △[↑]
RF4Lobster.png Lobster 50 - 100 △[↑] △[↑] △[↑]
RF4Snapper.png Snapper 30 - 70 ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑] X
RF4Throbby Snapper.png Throbby Snapper 30 - 250 ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑] X
RF4Lamp Squid.png Lamp Squid 30 - 70 ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑] X
RF4Blowfish.png Blowfish 30 - 40 ▲[↑]
RF4Yellowtail.png Yellowtail 80 - 100 ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑] X
RF4Fall Flounder.png Fall Flounder 30 - 100 ▲[↑] ▲[↑] X
RF4Taimen.png Taimen 100 - 200 ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑]
RF4Glitter Snapper.png Glitter Snapper 50 - 210 ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑]
RF4Rockfish.png Rockfish 30 - 100 X
RF4Sunsquid.png Sunsquid 30 - 70 ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑]
RF4Tuna.png Tuna 60 - 300 ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑]
RF4Can.png Can 15 - 20 ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑]
RF4Boot.png Boot 15 - 32 ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑]
RF4Rare Can.png Rare Can 15 - 45
RF4Dragon Fin.png Dragon Fin - ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑]
RF4Legendary Scale.png Legendary Scale - ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑] ▲[↑]
RF4Round Stone.png Round Stone -
Name Sell Buy Shadow Locations
MasuTrout.png
Masu Trout 15G 300G normal Selphia Dragon Lake (Spring), Spring Pond, Water Ruins (All Areas except left) , Maya Rd
Squid.png
Squid 24G 400G normal Selphia Gate (Summer/Fall), Selphia Dragon Lake (Spring/Summer/Winter), Autumn River, Winter Pond, Silver Lake, Spring Pond,Water Ruins (All Areas), Idra Cave: 1st floor, Idra Cave: Basement 2, Maya Rd, Sechs Territory
Taimen.png
Taimen 6,500G 78,000G faint Keeno Lake, All Seasonal Ponds, Yokmir Forest: Waterfall, Idra Cave: 1st Floor, Idra Cave Basement 2, Maya Rd, Sechs Territory
Sardine.png
Sardine 70G 1,200G normal Selphia Gate (Summer/Fall), Selphia Dragon Lake (Spring/Summer/Winter), Autumn River, All Seasonal Ponds, Silver Lake,  Water Ruins (All Areas), Idra Cave (All areas except Basement 2), Maya Rd, Sechs Territory
Char.png
Char 92G 1,800G normal Selphia Gate (Summer) Selphia Dragon Lake (Spring/Summer), Keeno Lake, Summer Pond, Yokmir Forest: Waterfall,  Yokmir Forest: Lillypad Area, Water Ruins (All Areas except boss), Idra Cave: 1st Floor, Idra Cave: Basement 2, Maya Rd, Sechs Territory
Chub 130G 2,600G normal
GlitterSnapper.png
Glitter Snapper 8,800G 120,000G faint Selphia Castle Gate, Summer Spring, Autumn Spring, Winter Pond
Skipjack.png
Skipjack 220G 4,500G
Turbot.png
Turbot 120G 2,500G normal
Gibelio.png
Gibelio 100G 2,000G normal Fall : Selphia Housing Area
Salmon.png
Salmon 80G 1,350G normal Fall: Autumn Spring
Mackerel.png
Mackerel 60G 1,000G normal Fall : Selphia Housing Area, Summer Spring
Needlefish 30G 500G normal
Pike.png
Pike 12G 240G normal Fall : Selphia Housing Area, Summer Spring
Sunsquid.png
Sunsquid 6,800G 74,000G faint Everywhere, but Selphia Town
Shrimp.png
Shrimp 85G 1,500G normal Summer Spring, Idra Cave Basement 1
Snapper.png
Snapper 1,280G 14,800G Selphia Gate (Summer), Selphia Dragon Lake (Spring/Winter), Autumn River, Autumn Pond, Idra Cave: 1st Floor, Idra Cave: Basement 1&2, Maya Rd 
ThrobbySnapper.png
Throbby Snapper 3,500G 38,000G faint Selphia Dragon Lake (Spring), Keeno Lake, Seasonal Ponds (All Seasons), Autumn River, increased chance on bad weather), Water Temple and Idra Cave (All Area)
RainbowTrout.png
Rainbow Trout 150G 3,000G normal Spring : Selphia Castle Gate, Summer Spring
Flounder.png
Flounder 190G 4,000G Winter : Selphia (Dragon Lake), Fishing (RF4)#Autumn Road and Silver Arch
Blowfish.png
Blowfish 4,200G 57,000G faint Selphia (Town: Winter), Winter Pond, Silver Lake,  Yokmir Forest (waterfall), Maya Rd, Sechs Territory, Fishing (RF4)#Autumn Road and Silver Arch
Yellowtail.png
Yellowtail 3,800G 45,000G faint
CrucianCarp.png
Crucian Carp 35G 620G normal Summer Spring
Tuna.png
Tuna 5,600G 61,000G faint Summer Pond, Autumn Pond, Winter Pond, Maya Rd, Sechs Territory
Girella.png
Girella 45G 850G normal Fall : Selphia Housing Area, Summer Spring
FallFlounder.png
Fall Flounder 2,000G 27,000G Fishing (RF4)#Sercerezo Hill (Spring spring), Fishing (RF4)#Autumn Road and Silver Arch
CherrySalmon.png
Cherry Salmon 18G 350G normal
LampSquid.png
Lamp Squid 1,800G 21,000G faint

Selphia Dragon Lake (All Seasons) and Autumn pond, Autumn River, Symmer pond, Keeno Lake, Idra Cave, Water Ruins and Mt. Maya Trail.(increased chance on bad weather) 

Lobster.png
Lobster 960G 9,600G faint Kenno Lake, Summer Pond, Winter Pond, Silver Lake, Spring Pond, Idra Cave: 1st Floor, Idra Cave: Basement 1, Maya Rd
PondSmelt.png
Pond Smelt 10G 200G normal Water Ruins (Chimera Spot), Fishing (RF4)#Autumn Road and Silver Arch
SandFlounder.png
Sand Flounder 38G 700G normal Sercerezo Hill (sand pond)
Rock Fish.png
Rockfish 1,040G 10,400G normal Sercerezo Hill (sand pond)

Other Fishable Items

All fishable items have shadows in the shape of fish.

Name Sell Buy Shadow Notes
Dragon Fin
Dragon Fin.png
10,000G 300,000G faint Very large shadow, found in: Selphia: Castle Gate, Selphia: Housing Area, and Spring Spring, possibly other areas. Also a monster drop. Can be bought from Raven once shipped.
Round Stone
Round Stone.png
50G - faint Very tiny shadow. Found in Yokmir Forest (waterfall). Cannot be purchased.
Legendary Scale
Legendary Scale.png
3,000G 50,000G faint Found in Maya Road, Dragon Lake, Selphia: Housing Area, Sercerezo Lake, possibly other areas. Can be bought from Raven once shipped.
Boot
Boot.png
2G 8G normal Found anywhere. Can be bought from Arthur.
Can
Can.png
1G 5G normal Found anywhere.Can be bought from Arthur.
Rare Can
RareCan.png
300G - faint Found anywhere. Cannot be purchased.

Fish by Location

Season affects fish availability in Selphia, but does not appear to affect fish availability in field and fishing spots. Boot, Can, and Rare Can availability is not noted due to these items being available in all fishing spots.

Selphia Town

Name Spring Summer Fall Winter
Selphia Castle Gate Char, Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Girella, Mackerel, Needlefish, Masu Trout, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Squid, Char, Chub, Crucian Carp, Girella, Mackerel, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Shrimp, Snapper, Squid, Turbot, Glitter Snapper, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Tuna, Yellowtail, Dragon Fin Squid, Mackerel, Pike, Sardine, Turbot, Salmon, Girella, Chub Cherry Salmon, Gibelio, Girella, Lobster, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Sardine, Snapper, Squid, Legendary Scale
Selphia: Dragon Lake Char, Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Girella, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Rainbow Trout Sardine, Skipjack, Snapper, Squid, Throbby Snapper, Turbot, Legendary Scale Char, Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Girella, Lamp Squid, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Skipjack, Snapper, Squid, Taimen, Throbby Snapper, Turbot, Pike, Shrimp Char, Crucian Carp, Glitter Snapper, Girella, Lamp Squid, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Salmon, Shrimp, Squid Cherry Salmon, Chub, Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Glitter Snapper, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Sardine, Snapper, Squid, Throbby Snapper, Tuna, Yellowtail
Selphia: Housing Area Char, Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Girella, Glitter Snapper, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Snapper, Squid, Throbby Snapper Char, Chub, Crucian Carp, Girella, Lobster, Mackerel, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Shrimp, Squid, Throbby Snapper, Turbot Gibelio, Girella, Pike, Mackerel Blowfish, Girella, Lobster, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pike, Salmon, Sardine, Squid, Yellowtail
Selphia: Melody Street Char, Chub, Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Girella, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Skipjack, Squid, Taimen Char, Chub, Crucian Carp, Girella, Lobster, Pike, Sardine, Shrimp, Taimen, Tuna, Turbot, Yellowtail Chub, Mackerel, Pike, Salmon, Sardine, Skipjack Cherry Salmon, Chub, Girella, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Squid, Tuna

Selphia Plains

Fishings spots found in Selphia Plains, Selphia Plains West, or in dungeons of Selphia Plains.

Name Fish Other Map
Summer Spring Char, Chub, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Girella, Glitter Snapper, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Shrimp, Taimen, Throbby Snapper, Tuna, Turbot, Yellowtail F3
Keeno Lake Char, Chub, Crucian Carp, Girella, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Sardine, Shrimp, Sunsquid, Taimen, Throbby Snapper, Tuna, Turbot, Yellowtail Dragon Fin E1
Selphia Plains West
(lily pad area)
Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Girella, Mackerel, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Shrimp, Tuna, Turbot F8
Selphia Plains West
(lily pad area 2)
Crucian Carp, Girella, Mackerel, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Shrimp, Turbot, Yellowtail G12
Yokmir Forest
(waterfall)
Blowfish, Char, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Mackerel, Rainbow Trout, Taimen Round Stone 3
Yokmir Forest
(lily pad area)
Char, Chub, Crucian Carp, Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Mackerel, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Turbot 5
Water Ruins
(Right Wing)
Needlefish, Shrimp, Squid, Masu Trout, Rainbow Trout, Cherry Salmon, Char, Pike C7
Water Ruins
(Left Wing / Chimera Spot)
Snapper, Throbby Snapper, Girella, Pike, Mackerel, Cherry Salmon, Masu Trout, Crucian Carp, Pond Smelt C1

Sercerezo Hill

Fishings spots found in Sercerezo Hill or its dungeons.

Name Fish Other Map
Spring Spring Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Fall Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Lobster, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Snapper, Squid, Sunsquid, Taimen Dragon Fin, Legendary Scale A1
Sercerezo Lake Char, Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Girella, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Sardine, Squid Legendary Scale D1
Sercerezo Hill
(lily pad area)
Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Skipjack, Squid Dragon Fin D4
Sercerezo Hill
(lily pad area 2)
Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Girella, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Rainbow Trout, Squid D5
Sercerezo Hill
(sand pond)
Sand Flounder, Rockfish B5
Idra Cave
(1st floor)
Char, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Girella, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Snapper, Throbby Snapper, Squid, Sunsquid, Taimen, Turbot Legendary Scale D1
Idra Cave B1 Chub, Crucian Carp, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Sardine, Shrimp, Snapper A6
Idra Cave B2 Char, Crucian Carp, Lamp Squid, Shrimp, Snapper, Squid, Sunsquid, Taimen E3

Autumn Road and Silver Arch

Fishings spots found in Autumn Road and the wintery area west of Autumn Road. Also, Maya Road, which is directly connected to Autumn Road, and Sechs Territory, which Maya Road connects to.

Name Fish Other Map
Autumn Spring Chub, Crucian Carp, Fall Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Glitter Snapper, Lamp Squid, Mackerel, Pike, Salmon, Sardine, Skipjack, Snapper, Squid, Sunsquid, Taimen, Throbby Snapper, Tuna, Turbot Dragon Fin E4
Autumn River Chub, Fall Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Lamp Squid, Mackerel, Pike, Salmon, Sardine, Skipjack, Snapper, Squid, Throbby Snapper, Turbot H2
Autumn Road
(lily pad area)
Chub, Crucian Carp, Mackerel, Pike, Skipjack, Taimen, Turbot I4
Autumn Road
(lily pad area 2)
Gibelio, Girella, Mackerel, Pike, Salmon, Sardine, Skipjack, Tuna, Turbot J2
Winter Spring Blowfish, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Fall Flounder, Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Lobster, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Sardine, Squid, Sunsquid, Yellowtail F2
Silver Lake Blowfish, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Fall Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Lobster, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Sardine, Squid, Sunsquid, Yellowtail H1
Silver Lake
(lily pad area)
Cherry Salmon, Chub, Fall Flounder, Flounder, Girella, Mackerel, Pond Smelt, Sardine, Squid, Yellowtail F1
Silver Lake
(lily pad area 2)
Cherry Salmon, Girella, Lobster, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Sardine, Snapper, Squid, Throbby Snapper G1
Maya Road Blowfish, Char, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Crucian Carp, Fall Flounder, Flounder, Girella, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Pike, Pond Smelt, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Sardine, Shrimp, Skipjack, Snapper, Squid, Sunsquid, Taimen, Tuna, Turbot, Yellowtail, Throbby Snapper Legendary Scale B7
Sechs Territory Blowfish, Char, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Skipjack, Squid, Sunsquid, Taimen, Tuna, Turbot C3

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